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Common Dental Myths That Could Save Your Life, Part 1

  • March 5, 2015

There’s usually a bad stigma associated with going to the dentist and having dental procedures done. TV and movies prove this, too. Think about all the dentists you’ve seen on the screen, and chances are, the dental scenarios are not realistic! (Think Three’s Company, Finding Nemo, or Parks and Recreation, for example.)

With this impractical, unrealistic portrayal of dentists, it’s no wonder that you’ve heard and seen things about your teeth that just aren’t true!

Today, we want to start helping to clear up some of those myths once and for all. And we encourage you to share the real dental deal with your family and friends, too!

Let’s begin part one of our dental myth series now!

Only kids have to worry about cavities.

This myth probably stems from the fact that children are more likely to get cavities than adults. They snack more frequently, and they aren’t great at brushing their teeth yet by themselves.

But studies show that adults get cavities, too, especially from medications or from decay that occurs in areas where old fillings have worn away or have cracked. You might even be shocked to learn that more than 90 percent of adults have had cavities in their permanent teeth!

Don’t let this myth stop you from maintaining proper hygiene or going to your Holly, MI dentists for checkups!

Going to the dentist is painful.

Thanks in part to TV and movies like we mentioned earlier, along with bad childhood experiences at the dentist and horror stories from people you know, everyone seems to think that going to the dentist has to involve pain!

Here at Holly Dental Care, Drs. Hunter are concerned about your comfort. We are very gentle when we treat you, and we offer sedation to help ease any pain from procedures.

We also have drill-free dentistry, so we can remove cavities and plaque with air abrasion, which allows us to blast away decay without the noise, vibrations, or heat from a dental drill! (Read more about that here.)

There’s a reason our motto is “Personalized and Comfortable,” and we do everything we can to live up to that and make your visit pain-free!

I’m an adult, so it’s too late for me to get braces.

Braces aren’t just for teenagers. Even adults can enjoy the benefits of braces: a straighter, healthier smile, but without the embarrassing, incredibly noticeable metal clinging to your teeth for 2 years!

Here at Holly Dental Care, we offer an almost invisible, 6-month treatment to straighten crooked teeth! Six Month Smiles targets your teeth that show when you smile so that your treatment is shorter and more convenient for you. Ask us about this braces alternative today!

As long as I brush and floss my teeth, I don’t need to go to the dentist.

If this myth were dispelled, it would save people a lot of future dental problems and ultimately, a lot of costly procedures!

Although brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are effective ways to keep your teeth clean, you can’t always get to the tight spots, prevent tooth problems related to medication or health conditions, or detect when you might have an issue like gum disease.

We encourage you to see us twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam, where we can help you keep your mouth clean and problem free!

If I ever developed gum disease, I’d be able to tell.

Gum disease is a common oral disease that’s not noticeable by most people in its early stages. In fact, you probably won’t even feel anything for a while. As the disease progresses, you’ll start to notice redness, bleeding, and swelling of your gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, and eventually a change in your bite, separating teeth, and even bone and tooth loss!

Our trained staff know the signs of gum disease and can prevent it during your 6-month exam with a professional cleaning. If it’s in its later stages, they can provide you with options to treat it.

They might also notice whether your late-stage gum disease indicates that you there could be other problems going on in your body.

Don’t let gum disease ravage your mouth! Contact us today for an appointment and let us examine your gums and teeth to make sure they’re disease free.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this first part of our 3-part blog series on dental myths. Join us next time to learn the truth about more common myths that could save your teeth or even your life!

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